Along with regular dental cleanings and checkups, daily brushing and flossing is one of the most important habits for good oral health. One of the most common questions that dental hygienists are asked by their patients is “What toothpaste should I be using?” With so many types on the market, it can be overwhelming when it comes to selecting the perfect toothpaste.
Choose Toothpaste with (or without) Fluoride
Adults should use fluoridated toothpaste that will help restore vital minerals back into the tooth structure and limit decay. Small children, on the other hand, should use a non-fluoridated toothpaste until they are old enough to rinse and spit appropriately. This is because if the child ingests the fluoride it could affect the appearance of the developing permanent teeth.
Choose a Specialty Toothpaste if You’re Having a Problem
There are a variety of different specific problems that certain toothpastes are formulated to treat. For instance, tartar control toothpaste is ideal for patients who metabolize a high rate of tartar buildup on their teeth. Other people may choose not to use this type of toothpaste as it may also make you develop tooth stain. Sensitivity toothpastes are perfect for people with general tooth sensitivity throughout their mouth, but they take about 2 weeks of using them each day before you get the full effect from the product. Whitening toothpastes are ideal for patients who have a large amount of stain due to coffee, tea or smoking. Whitening toothpastes in general may not be ideal for the average dental patient, as the product typically causes moderate tooth sensitivity.
It’s All About How You Use It
No toothpaste is going to clean your teeth better than the others. What matters is how you use it. Be sure to brush for 2 minutes at least twice each day, focusing along the gumlines, where plaque and tartar usually begin forming.
Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental
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